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The Beatles - All These Years - Extended Special Edition: Volume One: Tune In: 1 Hardcover – 14 Nov 2013
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A radical event and a joy to read - Lewisohn tells the tale with such authoritative command of the evidence and so intimate a grasp of the Beatles' daily lives that the reader emerges knowing - with a certainty denied all previous generations - that this is how it really happened.
Lewisohn's work stands as a monumental triumph, a challenge not merely to other Beatles biographers but to the discipline of biography itself. If only all important subjects had their Lewisohn(Washington Post)
Lewisohn's work stands as a monumental triumph, a challenge not merely to other Beatles biographers but to the discipline of biography itself. If only all important subjects had their Lewisohn (Washington Post)
A triumph. Not only an enthralling account of the Beatles' origins, far superior to anything that has gone before, but also an essential piece of social history.
Lewisohn has set out to do the Beatles justice and write the definitive history. I think he is succeeding(The Times)
Mark Lewisohn raises the biographical bar to stratospheric heights. This first volume suggests he is on the verge of achieving what was heretofore considered impossible: blowing the cobwebs off one of the late 20th century's hoariest cultural myths, scraping away decades' worth of accumulated crud and revealing detail no one previously suspected was there (Literary Review)
An epic unprecedented in rock 'n' roll biography, and a great read ... Does far more than enrich with mind-boggling detail, there's a surprise on every page ... The detail is sharp and incisive ... It's the kind of book where want-to-know and need-to-know is wrapped into a narrative that unfolds brilliantly and, for once, justifies that 'real story of the Beatles' billing (Mojo)
Positively a page turner, both for excitement and anticipation - Lewisohn has enhanced the story as a beautifully flowing factual tale that reads like a classic novel. Nobody but nobody could begin to match this work of joy and detail; and reassuringly, nobody ever will. This is the best work ever produced on the subject of the Beatles. A five star review is an insult, it merits an unheard of ten (Colin Larkin Best Things On Earth)
The accomplishments of the Beatles has given rise to a near deification of them as both people and myth. Lewisohn brings that story back down into the world of real people.
Tune In clears the air of myth and legend, leaving as much reality as a biography can offer. Every single page brings the Beatles back into focus and moves them away from legend. Common myths fall apart under Mr. Lewisohn's research(New York Journal of Books)
Presents the Beatles story in a way it's never been seen before: truthfully and completely. The end result is a herculean effort, a fast-moving page-turner overflowing with warm humor, passion, and (of course) music. Likely to become a principle text in 20th-century studies, a sort of Complete Shakespeare with a much better soundtrack. For anyone who loves music, this book is the genuine ultimate (VH1.com)
The saga is clearer and richer here than it's ever been. Lewisohn writes in novelistic detail and with the obvious conviction that none of the previous Beatles biographies have ever been good enough (Entertainment Weekly)
This is Torah! Huge on a massive scale, the most altruistic thing anybody's done in the arts since the Beatles, and it needed to be done. God keep Mark Lewisohn alive to finish what he's started (Howie Edelson US radio writer/producer)
Tune In is brilliant in describing the addictive power of rock and roll when there was no imaginable alternative in a doomed town. Mark Lewisohn's achievement lies with the fact that he never tries to 'explain'. He is not argumentative but turns up the colours in a world that has faded to grey (Herald Scotland)
The best book I read all year. I expected data collection. I got data, but also interpretation at a very high level, obsessive reporting and high quality music criticism. Lewisohn's a writer as much or more than an assembler of information. This is a great book, there's nothing like it in music and damned little anywhere else (it makes The Power Broker seem superficial) (Dave Marsh Rock & Rap Confidential)
Lewisohn amasses and investigates facts without sacrificing an iota of the excitement. In its close focus and historical ambition, the trilogy may be compared to Robert Caro's biography of Lyndon Johnson, or John Richardson's Life of Picasso; it is unlikely to be surpassed (Daily Telegraph)
A game-changing study which raises the bar in a genre characterised by pap or pretension. A meticulous piece of work - I can't wait for volume two (Independent)
I can think of no greater praise for Tune In than to say that it gives the Beatles the beginnings of the biography they deserve. It is hard to imagine the subsequent volumes, covering more familiar ground, matching the gripping quality of this constantly surprising work (Financial Times)
With imagination, energy and a gripping plotline, Lewisohn manages to put flesh and blood on the story as never before (Sunday Times)
Packed with revelations and demystifications (James Woodall The Economist)
A major event in music publishing . . . the definitive account of the Beatles (GQ)
I doubt anyone expected to be surprised about the Beatles again, but the story only needed supersizing. I continued reading with bewildered pleasure (Daily Telegraph)
Fills in vital details that had been missing from the existing Beatles canon and corrects mistakes that have been reprinted for years. A definitive history of the band (Wall Street Journal)
The widest possible angle on an extensive and engrossing group biography built on a well-raked mountain of exacting new research ... expertly controlled and propelling (New York Times)
Epic in its scope, forensic in its detail, Tune In is like reading the Beatles' story for the very first time.
Lewisohn's art is to tell the story compellingly: his prose has a vibrancy that sustains a remarkable page-turning momentum throughout its entire length. And what a story! Tune In leaves the reader breathless(R2/Rock ’n’ Reel)
Lewisohn manages to fill in blanks that no one knew were empty (New Yorker)
An epic on an unprecedented scale . . . Lewisohn has no serious rival (Irish Times)
This is the story told in Proustian detail . . . The first edited-down volume, is largely a delight, and the story is told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it. Secondary sources are comprehensively mined; letters, public records and business documents have been found in places no one else ever thought to look . . . Lewisohn is a Beatles oracle (Guardian)
Lewisohn has done an astonishing job. I can't wait for volume two (Independent)
A beautifully produced, special edition of the first part of the definitive three-volume biography of the Beatles, featuring extra and exclusive material.See all Product description
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This is only the Beginning......
This should be used by any Beatles fan, Music professors, examiner for schools.....professors of English or any language, it is up there with the Collins Book of Literary English.
A must have for anyone interested in the rise of popular music both in the UK, Ireland, Europe, the States & Especially those countries that were not allowed listen to, never mind own or possess a Beatles Record in the 1960's.
Now a bit of confusion about the reprinting of this special edition. The real reason for this reprint was a bit of an error. The very first issues were printed on the wrong paper. Hence some reviews over the quality of this item, saying the quality was under par. Mine was damaged & had to go back, i noticed my replacement, was on much higher quality paper. The first ones may suffer from foxing & aging due to the very porous paper quality. So it seems a bit of a mess up over the paper quality ... Hence a reprint was needed.
Overall it doesn't matter, it all depends on how many will be produced! If after this run they stop, all of them will be a nice investment, as these editions really are the last word. If you still look around you can pick them up at just under £70 ... At this price whatever edition is a bargain. Check in the reviews for the link & let's hope that price is still going!
Good luck everyone & just enjoy whatever edition you have, it really is an amazing piece of work. The real story of The Beatles, it'll be like you are there, with all that detail! Enjoy!
Now, I am reading the kindle version of these books, and page numbers are (sadly) not listed. However, having worked out the amount of text in the differing sections, I would say that this second volume is approximately half as long again as the same section in the original book. That is not counting notes, illustrations, etc, but simply the amount of text in the enlarged and extended chapters.
Volume 1 finished at the end of 1960 and the Beatles had just returned from Hamburg, playing Litherland Town Hall on Tuesday 27th December and the Casbah on New Year's Eve and astounding everyone with their new sound. The endless hours on stage in Hamburg, keeping true to their own code of conduct in never repeating a song throughout the evening, had increased their repertoire; encouragement to "Mach Schau!" had created a dynamic band, with an excellent stage presence and great confidence. They were, from that moment, better than anyone else in Liverpool. Unknown to themselves, they were probably, at that point, the best rock and roll band in the world - and they would stay that way. The top of a small, local scene, but simply better than anyone else.
However, despite these great successes musically, the Beatles had returned from Hamburg broke. Jim McCartney was certainly not impressed and, under pressure, Paul was forced into the first (and last) `proper' job he ever had. Being Paul, he made the best of it, but John was far from impressed. Neither Paul's dad or Aunt Mimi saw a future in music as a career for their charges, but Paul, being younger, was under pressure to "knuckle down" and work for a living. John, being John, immediately attempted to undermine Jim McCartney's authority - later making light of how worried he probably was about the situation, but determined to win Paul back on side. Having forced Paul back into unemployment and, with Stuart having stayed in Hamburg with Astrid, John and Paul became even closer. They were a local success, but felt on a treadmill of constant concert dates and longed to break out. They were rudderless, without a manger or focus, but, if they lacked direction, they made up for it with self belief. As John later said, "You always hope that somebody will come along - we were always waiting for the big man with a cigar." Enter the story, Brian Epstein...
On the 9th November, 1961, Brian Epstein attended a Cavern lunchtime session to ask about the record, "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," which they had recorded in Germany, backing Tony Sheridan, and was instantly smitten with them. Although it was not a path he had previously considered, he immediately considered managing them and New Year's Eve 1961 saw them in London, ready for a New Year's Day audition at Decca, starting 1962 with great optimism.
Epstein did not immediately change the Beatles, but he did bring a certain organisation to them. He worked tirelessly on their behalf, increasing the amount of money they were paid, getting them booked into different venues and tidying up their presentation. Then Decca turned them down - a fact that John, Paul and George notably did not tell Pete Best about for many weeks - and they had to face "the bitter taste of rejection." Sadly, it would become all too familiar. Oddly, as Lewisohn points out, "Decca spent more money treating Brian Epstein to lunch to tell him they weren't signing the Beatles than it would have cost to sign them." It was a low point, but one or other of them always managed to remain positive.
Stuart Sutcliffe had visited Liverpool, looking dreadfully ill. When the Beatles returned to Hamburg that April, they discovered he was dead at the tragically young age of only 21. During that seven week Hamburg trip, John coped badly with the news; he behaved even more wildly than usual and was completely out of control. Two very important events happened though, to help balance this tragic news. Firstly, George later admitted that he "conspired to get Ringo in - I talked to John and Paul until they came round to the idea." As both admired and liked Ringo, they probably did not need to be greatly convinced. Pete Best was side lined and it was obvious that he was going to be replaced, it was just a matter of when and by who. Ringo turned out to be an inspired choice; easy going, gentle, with a great sense of humour, he would eventually be the missing piece of the jigsaw. At this moment, though, it was just talk - however, a decision, in theory, had been taken. The second event was the magical news that Epstein had managed to secure them that elusive record deal at EMI. Leaving Hamburg, "they needed to calm down and step up." Were they capable? Obviously! Plus, as Mark Lewisohn point out, on their first return from Hamburg they had been virtually kicked out, the second time they had lost their bass player and this time, "they returned to organisation, order and promise."
Brian Epstein gave them weekly memo's, with lists of where they would be performing. He was caring, responsible, honest and encouraging of John and Paul's song writing. Immediately, they had to decide which songs they would take to Parlophone. This was an important first meeting with George Martin, who would turn out to be yet another sympathetic and caring adult in their life. If they were lucky to be nurtured by two such men, George Martin would also find his career transformed by the really big chart success that had eluded him so far, but which he would find with the Beatles.
If the Beatles were finding life transformed by Brian Epstein, Ringo was, well, open to offers. He was considering joining Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes when, as Mark Lewisohn so drily puts it, John and Paul embarked on a trip - "The Nerk Twins Go To Lincolnshire." With Paul just having passed his driving test and bravely letting John map read, the two headed to Butlins in the romantic location of Skegness, a 332 mile return road trip. They were on a mission to locate a drummer before Granada television came to film them at the Cavern. Once, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes had been the biggest group in Liverpool. Now they had been long surpassed and the Beatles were going somewhere - they had a new manager, an upcoming television appearance and a recording contract. He would have been crazy to have rejected the offer and he didn't. Lewisohn covers the sacking of Pete Best in minute detail. In hindsight, it seems a cruel move that he was replaced when they were on the brink of stardom. In reality, nobody could have foretold that they would be quite so world changing. Only Brian Epstein firmly believed that `his boys' would be bigger than Elvis.
There is more to come before the year is out. Cynthia's pregnancy, their first recording sessions and, in November, an unwilling return to Hamburg - another place they had outgrown and now did not wish to revisit just when things were happening at home. At least this time they went with Ringo and had the added attraction of Little Richard appearing with them; who also apparently warmed to the Beatles new drummer....
Despite London's disinterest in the Beatles. Despite their snobbery, their laughing at the Liverpudlian accent, their unwillingness to play "Love Me Do" on the radio, the Beatles ended 1962 on the very brink of stardom. They were a breath of fresh air, they were something different, unique and they were about to make the Sixties Swing. I applaud Mark Lewisohn for this monumental work. He is an author who has told the Beatles story (up to 1962 anyway) without any bias towards any particular member of the group and with brutal honesty. He hasn't tried to make them sound better than they were, more perfect or without faults. If you love the Beatles, or are interested in their story, this then is the book to read. However, should you buy the single volume of "Tune In" or the two volume set? If you have a casual interest in the Beatles, then the single book will be more than detailed enough. If, however, you are as obsessive as me, then this is the version that you will want and you will love every page. Plus, the illustrations section is far larger - as if you needed tempting...
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